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Electoral Commission of Zambia
Opening Remarks
Orientation Session of the Strategic Plan and the Role of Traditional Leaders’
11 December 2018
14:00hours

Chairperson House of Chiefs, His Royal Highness
Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta
Vice Chairperson House of
Chiefs Her Royal Highness, Chieftainess Mwenda
The Chief Whip, House of Chiefs, His Royal
Highness Chief Chipepo
All Royal Highnesses here present
Commission Members and Staff of the Electoral
Cission of Zambia
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good Afternoon.

It is a great pleasure to be here with you all this afternoon, and for the kind gesture and would like to reaffirm the need for us to intensify collaboration in order to further enhance the tenets of Zambia’s electoral system.

Chairperson, may I once again express our sincere gratitude in view of the representation from this House, during the Commission’s Strategic Plan Launch on 29th November 2018. Her Royal Highness, Chieftainess Mwenda and Vice Chairperson of this House ably provided the leadership and receipt of the Strategic Plan on behalf of the people of Zambia.

Further, the advice she rendered on having a Zambian people that promote positive and constructive criticism, towards improving the electoral process cannot be ignored.

May I at this juncture, take this opportunity, Your Royal Highnesses, to provide highlights of the 2018 to 2022 Strategic Plan. The Commission’s Strategic Plan draws its strength from the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP), and above all, the Constitution of Zambia Body, to effectively manage and deliver credible elections. This was developed with the vision of ensuring that the Commission performs its mandate to become a model electoral management body, which not only inspires the Zambian people, but also other Electoral Management Bodies and people around the world.

Your Royal Highnesses: The Commission has in the next five (5) years prioritised
the following Strategic Objectives:

a)Enhancing efficiency in the management of elections, therefore ensuring that the Commission
delivers high quality and inclusive electoral services to our Zambian people (whether women, youth, persons with disabilities);

b)Enhancing stakeholder engagement and participation in the electoral process, therefore undertaking continuous engagement and sensitisation programmes;

c) Building the confidence and trust of various stakeholders in the electoral process by augmenting
the Commission’s corporate image; and

d)Continuously improving the skills of staff, the governance and management structures in view of
ensuring a Commission that has the requisite competencies to implement the electoral process
and respond to the needs of the electorate.

As a body mandated by the Constitution the Commission is owned by the people of Zambia. Hence,
it is important that each and every stakeholder takes ownership of enhancing the electoral process to a
standard that is acceptable to the Zambian electorate.

In as much as comparison and learning best practices from other jurisdictions is beneficial, let me emphasize that pride in developing electoral process standards that meet the needs of the citizenry of Zambia should be at the fore.

Furthermore, as a Commission we welcome your continued engagement with us. The electoral space is an p. environment that involves traditional leadership amongst various stakeholders, from whom the Commission derives its strength, through collaborative efforts.

As I conclude, I wish to reiterate that the 2018 to 2022 Strategic Plan establishes the Ĺneral Elections,and beyond.

The Electoral Commission of Zambia cannot achieve these objectives single-handedly. I strongly appeal to you all that the Commission should be supported, through your various engagements and networks, with the applicable resource required. This could be financial resources human capital and/or the tools needed to contribute towards achieving the strategic objectives earlier mentioned.

In addition, I urge you all to stand firm with us by complementing the efforts of the Commission in view of sensitising the electorate, policy advice on legislation, enhancing factual and accurate reporting by the media on the electoral process, amongst other areas.

Once again, and on behalf of the Commission Your Royal Highnesses:I wish to thank you greatly for your warm welcome and gesture this afternoon.

I thank you.
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ECZ Observes Human Rights Day

The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) today 10 December, 2018 joined the Human Rights Commission in commemorating International Human Rights Day at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) organised a national celebration to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to raise awareness on human rights that included an exhibition where ECZ displayed information materials on the electoral process.

Her Honour the Vice President of the Republic of Zambia Ms Inonge Mutukwa Wina officiated at the celebration where local human rights activists were honoured.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, the anniversary of the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
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Vice Chairperson House Chiefs, Chiefainess Mwenda, urges the people of Zambia to support the Electoral Commission Zambia in the delivery of it's mandate at the launch of the ECZ 2018-2022 Strategic Plan.
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Find Out More About The Electoral Commission Of Zambia

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Library

View and download resource materials developed by the Commission.

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Legal

An electoral system is a set of rules on how votes are converted into seats for political or civic authority. 
The purpose of an electoral system is to translate the will of the people to decide on who should be President, Members of Parliament, Mayors/Council Chairpersons and Councillors. 
The Electoral System in Zambia is twofold; majoritarian and simple majority or first past the post. 

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Establishment

The Commission is an independent and autonomous Electoral Management Body (EMB) established in 1996. Since its establishment, the Commission has delivered five (5) General Elections (in 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016), two (2) Presidential Elections (in 2008 and 2015) and several National Assembly and Local Government by-elections. 

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Voter

Voters are persons eligible to vote in an election. The role of voters is to choose representatives by casting ballots in an election. Voters should be Zambian citizens, aged 18 and above, in possession of a green National Registration Card and a Voter’s Card. In order to vote, they must be registered in the polling station appearing on their Voters’ Card. They must also appear in the Register of Voters for that particular polling station.

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Candidate

Candidates seek political power by participating in elections and campaigning for support from voters. Political parties and candidates are expected to adhere to all the electoral procedures and laws, including the Electoral Code of Conduct (ECC) which they should subscribe to through the Declaration of Compliance to the Electoral Code of Conduct. 

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Election Officials

The role of monitors and observers is to gather, examine and evaluate information relating to the electoral process. During an electoral activity, a monitor plays an active role by intervening and bringing to the attention of the Presiding Officer, Returning Officer or any senior electoral official matters of concern that may arise.  Observers play a passive role and are concerned with making an informed judgment on the credibility, legitimacy and transparency of the electoral process. An observer/monitor may inform the Commission in writing of any observed electoral malpractices.